Peter A Allard School of Law

Cristie Ford

Professor
B.A. (Alberta), J.D. (Victoria), LL.M. (Columbia), JSD (Columbia)

Profile

Dr. Cristie Ford’s research focuses primarily on regulation and governance in Canadian, American, and international finance and securities. It is both practical and theoretical. Recently she has expanded her research to include access to justice and governance of the legal profession.

Professor Ford has published extensively in leading academic journals and handbooks, and written two books: Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice (Cambridge University Press: 2017); and Canadian Securities Regulation (5th ed.) (LexisNexis: 2014), co-authored with the Right Honourable David Johnston and Kathleen Rockwell. Other representative work includes articles and book chapters on innovation and regulation (also here), principles-based regulation (also here), regulatory governance and responsive regulation (also here), systemic risk in securities markets (also here), administrative law remedies, and deferred prosecution agreements and corporate monitorships (also here). Open Source access to other work is here. Her work in both securities regulation and administrative law has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Professor Ford co-edited the leading international journal Regulation & Governance from 2012 to 2015 and now sits on its Executive Board and the Board of the Journal of International Economic Law. She lectures nationally and internationally, and has held visiting research positions at institutions including the European University Institute (as a Fernand Braudel Fellow), Hebrew University, Oxford University (as a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s) and Utrecht University. She has been retained on several occasions by the Canadian Department of Finance to advise on banking and securities regulation. Provincially, she serves currently on advisory boards to the Law Society (on its Innovation Sandbox), Access to Justice BC, CLEBC, and (as the Independent Member of its Strategic Advisory Board) CIFA-BC. She is a member of the UNODC’s Second Task Force on Corruption Measurement. Professor Ford has also been a Killam Faculty Research Fellow at UBC, a member of the BC Attorney General’s 2020 Advisory Committee on pandemic-related backlog in the courts, has received the Curtis Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, and served as Associate Dean for the Research and the Legal Profession.

Professor Ford obtained her graduate degrees from Columbia Law School, where she also taught as a lecturer, clinic supervisor, and Associate-in-Law. Before joining academia, she practiced law in Vancouver and New York. Her practice as a senior associate in securities regulation and financial litigation at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP included many of the highest profile regulatory and white-collar criminal files of the dotcom bust and post-9/11 eras. She is a non-practising member of the BC and the New York state and federal bars.

Publications

Cristie Ford
“Peter A. Allard School of Law Faculty News”
Full text: (2020) 78:2 Advocate 259-261

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Cristie Ford
“A New Perspective on Some Familiar Corporate and Business Law Tools”
Full text: JOTWELL (July 8, 2019)
Cristie Ford
“How Much Do You Really Know About Fraud?”
Full text: JOTWELL (June 14, 2018)
Cristie Ford
“Innovation as a Challenge to Regulation”
Full text: Reg Rev (March 12, 2018)
Cristie Ford
“Remedies in Canadian Administrative Law: A Roadmap to a Parallel Legal Universe”
in Colleen M. Flood & Lorne Sossin, eds., Administrative Law in Context, 3rd ed.
Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018
pp. 43-85

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Flexible Regulation Scholarship Blossoms and Diversifies: 1980-2012”
in Cristie Ford, Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
pp. 101-120

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017

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Cristie Ford
“Peter A. Allard School of Law Faculty News”
Full text: (2017) 75:6 Advocate 881-883

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Cristie Ford
“Plus ça Change”
Full text: JOTWELL (June 14, 2017)
Cristie Ford
“Sedimentary Innovation: How Regulation Should Respond to Incremental Change”
in Cristie Ford, Innovation and the State: Finance, Regulation, and Justice
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017
pp. 194-217

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Concrete Suggestions Around Conflict Minerals and Corporate Supply Chains”
Full text: JOTWELL (May 31, 2016)
Cristie Ford
“Clayton Christensen comes to Wall Street”
Full text: JOTWELL (September 21, 2015)
David Johnston, Kathleen Rockwell & Cristie Ford
Canadian Securities Regulation , 5th ed.
Markham: LexisNexis, 2014

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Cristie Ford
“Drama and Consequence in Accounting Standards Choice (Seriously)”
Full text: JOTWELL (June 20, 2014)
Cristie Ford
“Financial Innovation and Flexible Regulation: Destabilizing the Regulatory State”
Full text: (2014) 18 NC Banking Inst. Special Ed. 27-38
Allard Research Commons
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Cristie L. Ford
“Dogs and Tails: Remedies in Administrative Law”
in Colleen Flood & Lorne Sossin, eds., Administrative Law in Context, 2d ed.
Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2013
pp. 85-123

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Innovation-Framing Regulation”
Full text: (2013) 649:1 Annals Am. Ac. Political & Soc. Sci. 76-97
Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Prospects for Scalability: Relationships and Uncertainty in Responsive Regulation”
Full text: (2013) 7 Reg & Governance 14-29
Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Regulating Financial Innovation”
Full text: JOTWELL (June 19, 2013)
Cristie Ford & Hardeep Gill
“A National Systemic Risk Clearinghouse?”
in Anita Anand, ed., What's Next for Canada? Securities Regulation after the Reference
Toronto: Irwin Law, 2012
pp. 145-184

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Cristie Ford
“A Radical Perspective on the Mundane”
Full text: (2012) Jotwell: J Things We Like
Cristie Ford & David Hess
“Corporate Monitorships and New Governance Regulation: In Theory, in Practice, and in Context”
Full text: (2011) 33:4 Law & Pol'y 509-541
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Cristie Ford & Mary Condon
“Introduction to 'New Governance and the Business Organization'”
Full text: (2011) 33:4 Law & Pol'y 449-458
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Cristie Ford
“Macro- and Micro-Level Effects on Responsive Financial Regulation”
Full text: (2011) 44:3 U.B.C. L. Rev. 589-626

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford & Natasha Affolder
“Responsive Regulation in Context, Circa 2011”
Full text: (2011) 44:3 U.B.C. L. Rev. 463-473

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“New Governance in the Teeth of Human Frailty: Lessons from Financial Regulation”
Full text: 2010 1 Wis. L. Rev. 441-487
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Cristie Ford & Carol Liao
“Power Without Property, Still: Unger, Berle, and the Derivatives Revolution”
Full text: (2010) 33:4 Seattle U. L. Rev. 889-929

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Principles-Based Securities Regulation in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis”
Full text: (2010) 55:2 McGill L.J. 257-307

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford & David Hess
“Can Corporate Monitorships Improve Corporate Compliance?”
Full text: (2009) 34 J. Corp. L. 679-737

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie Ford
“Smart Enforcement: Trends and Innovations for Monitoring, Investigating and Prosecuting Corporate Corruption”
in Transparency International, ed., Global Corruption Report 2009 (in Chapter 5 - Towards a Comprehensive Business Integrity System: Checks and Balances in the Business Environment)
Cambridge: Transparency International, 2009
pp. 127-131

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David Hess & Cristie L. Ford
“Corporate Corruption and Reform Undertakings: A New Approach to an Old Problem”
Full text: (2008) 41 Cornell Int'l L.J. 307-346

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie L. Ford
“Dogs and Tails: Remedies in Administrative Law”
in Colleen Flood & Lorne Sossin, eds., Administrative Law in Context
Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications, 2008
pp. 45-76

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Cristie L. Ford
“How Should We Teach Securities Regulation in a Fast-Moving World?”, Book Review
Full text: (2008) 46:3 Can. Bus. L.J. 470-480

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Cristie L. Ford
“New Governance, Compliance, and Principles-Based Securities Regulation”
Full text: (2008) 45:1 Am. Bus. L.J. 1-60

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Cristie L. Ford
“Toward a New Model for Securities Law Enforcement”
Full text: (2005) 57:3 Admin. L. Rev. 757-828

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie L. Ford
“In Search of the Qualitative Clear Majority: Democratic Experimentalism and the Quebec Secession Reference”
Full text: (2001) 39:2 Alta. L. Rev. 511-560

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Allard Research Commons
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Cristie L. Ford
“Review of: The Rights Revolution by Michael Ignatieff”
Full text: (2001) 27:4 Can. Pub. Pol'y 516-520

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Cristie Ford
“Bright Lines: Status, Recognition and Elusive Nature of Aging”
Full text: (1996) 2 Rev. Current L. & L. Reform 4-7
Ford Profile

Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Business Law
  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

Research Interests

  • Administrative law and regulatory governance
  • Banking and finance law
  • Courts, litigation and access to justice
  • Jurisprudence, legal theory, and critical studies
  • Legal ethics and the legal profession

What if one of the greatest challenges that law, and regulation, faces is human innovation? How do we even start to think about that problem?


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